Thursday, June 3, 2010

Dressin' up THE Dress...(tutorial)

With the start of Spring/Summer and hot weather arriving, we made a trip to Marshall's to pick out some new shorts and dresses for the girls. My oldest picked out this plain jane dress, which to me SCREAMED "blank canvas". You will have to scroll to the bottom to see how my Daughter "loved" Mommy's idea!
The neckline looked rather plain to me so I thought I'd add a little dazzle with some ribbon and a vintage flower.
I started by folding over the ribbon to make pleats. The ribbon is folded at about every 1 inch and pinned directly to the neckline.
She's all pinned and ready for sewing!
Sewing is complete! be sure to go slow with you machine as you will have the added thickness of the ribbon.
Making the vintage flower! I used approx. 18 inches of 2 inch polka dotted grosgrain ribbon for my flower.
Loosely gather your ribbon and sew in the middle to allow for proper gathering. This is a good spot to heat seal your ribbon edges to prevent fraying.
Flower is complete! Don't worry about your visible threads, you will cover them later!
To make the inner layer of your flower, you will need the largest cuttlebug die in this flower set. I folded over my material tight enough to make a "heart" shape at the top. I sewed 2 stitches to keep the flower tip from opening.
Adhered my black flower tips on with E6000.
Covered my threads with a vintage LARGE rhinestone.
At this point, you can glue your pin on the back. I would've rather used a black piece of felt on the back, but I didn't have any. I'm not too worried about how the back looks like because you won't be able to see it, nor will it be going in the washer.
How snazzy is this?!!!!
Since I used a pin on the back of the flower, you can adjust her where you want:) You see that Amy Bulter fabric in the background?? Well, that my friends is my peg board that I decopauged because I didn't like the holes showing through! It's super easy to insert my hooks etc. You can see on the bottom where I store all my punches in my IKEA baskets/rods.
In the end, this WAS a surprise for my oldest Daughter and I hung it in the foyer so she could see it when she came home. Well, she hates it and told me so...said we should throw it in the trash! I never expected that from her and she asked me if I could take the ribbon and flower off?!!! Needless to say, it sent her in a total tear fest and she was terribly upset that I ruined her "normal" dress! I did hang it on her doorknob yesterday in the hopes that she would wear it today. She woke up this morning and dressed her little sister...any guesses to what little sister was wearing???!!! Little stinker!


Sue Ann said...

Super cute ....... cannot wait for a photo of her wearing this darling little dress!!!

Susan said...

Love it! It really makes the dress look finished. I have a sewing machine, now to just get it out to use it...

Flipfloppingmamma said...

that looks so cute!! Sorry she hated it. Someday she will feel so guilty for saying all that to you...haha!

Emm said...

Too bad your oldest wasn't happy with it-I think it's fabulous!

Kara said...

so cute!!

Pat said...

Funny story (maybe you'll think so in a couple of years). I think you did a great job!

Yarn Maniac said...

Dude, that is hilarious!! Send it to me, I want to wear ought to know by now that Gracie is not your girly, girl...haha. Guess who was in my makeup tonight? I asked Aidan if he wanted to wear the dress since he insists on wearing my makeup!

Lori said...

I thought it looked great before the additions!! Beautiful dress!!

Michelle said...

If I were as little as Miss G I would be rockin that dress. You did an awesome job. I was ROTFL when she decided to dress little Miss A in it! That is such a G thing to do!


Isabel Z said...

Your version is sooooooo much cuter. You want to come alter my clothes:-) Tell your little one that my daughter will trade her some of her clothes for it:-)

Lisa said...

OMG, Dawn that is hilarious and sad! The dress is I always say, your amazingly talented!!!

created by ~DonnaK said...

I still love this dress...but what's new at your craft table, Dawn? Let's see what's been cooking at the house of the Fantastic Four this summer! ;-)